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The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles in 3 Years- NY Times

there are some crazy experiences jam packed into 1 lady. this is a fascinating read about a woman who processed what made her different as a little girl and took action as a young lady. she has continually gone against the grain of “normal” and embraces what she feels called to, finds purpose in, and (it seems like?) enjoys.

from the International NY Times:

The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years

A self-portrait that Sarah Marquis took (her camera was on a cart filled with gear) north of Mongolia, during the first month of her trek across Asia and Australia.
SARAH MARQUIS
By ELIZABETH WEIL

A hundred years ago, when Robert Falcon Scott set out for Antarctica on his Terra Nova expedition, his two primary goals were scientific discovery and reaching the geographic South Pole. Arguably, though, Scott was really chasing what contemporary observers call a sufferfest…

..But then there’s Sarah Marquis, who perhaps should be seen as an explorer like Scott, born in the wrong age. She is 42 and Swiss, and has spent three of the past four years walking about 10,000 miles by herself, from Siberia through the Gobi Desert, China, Laos and Thailand, then taking a cargo boat to Brisbane, Australia, and walking across that continent. Along the way, like Scott, she has starved, she has frozen, she has (wo)man-hauled. She has pushed herself at great physical cost to places she wanted to love but ended up feeling, as Scott wrote of the South Pole in his journal: “Great God! This is an awful place.” Despite planning a ludicrous trip, and dying on it, Scott became beloved and, somewhat improbably, hugely respected. Marquis, meanwhile, can be confounding. “You tell people what you’re doing, and they say, ‘You’re crazy,’ ” Marquis told me. “It’s never: ‘Cool project, Sarah! Go for it.’ ” Perhaps this is because the territory Marquis explores is really internal — the nature of fear, the limits of stamina and self-reliance and the meaning of traveling in nature as a female human animal, alone.

READ ABOUT HER INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES HERE.

{photo & article courtesy of International.NYtimes.com}

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